Finding Our Way

Andrew Biggs

A few weeks ago, before the ‘Beast from the East’ brought the snow, Julie and I enjoyed a week’s holiday just outside Boscastle, Cornwall. We stayed at a B&B famous for being the Old Rectory where Thomas Hardy met his wife Emma, while working as an architect at the local church. We had a very enjoyable week, very cold but with bright sunshine. We donned our layers and went for walks on the coastal path, around Tintagel and Port Isaac (the home of Doc Martin) and along the canal at Bude.

The day we arrived however, was rather different. It was rainy and drizzly when we left Gloucester and as we entered Cornwall we found ourselves driving through fog so thick that we could hardly see a few feet beyond the car. The kind of fog where you want to put your lights on to see better, but when you do it just glares back at you making the visibility worse. The B&B was accessed via several miles of single track road and it was a strange feeling being hemmed in by fog and hedges and having no idea where we really were! I was very glad to find that our SATNAV did not let us down and directed us directly to our destination!

I wonder if the Disciples felt a bit like that during those last days in Jerusalem? As the time of Jesus arrest and crucifixion approached, they would have had no idea of exactly what was to happen (despite Jesus’ attempts to inform them - see John 8:21-30). They may have felt that they were in a metaphorical fog, with no clear path and no clear idea of what was coming. Perhaps this was what led Judas to betray Jesus - an attempt to force Jesus to reveal a clear plan. How much of the detail did Jesus himself know and understood as he sat down to pray “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want”? (Mark 14).

You may remember that 14 years ago Boscastle was devastated by a flood that swept through the lower village and harbour washing away buildings, vehicles and anything else in its path. There is an interesting exhibition in the tourist information office showing what happened and the aftermath. There are pictures of the village before and after the flood which showed how several buildings had completely disappeared. However, visiting the village now, you would never know that anything had happened. All has been rebuilt and even a famous building with a crooked roof that had been washed away, has been reinstated, crooked roof and all! The river bed has been dug deeper to give it greater capacity but unless you saw the ‘before’ pictures you would not know.

The disciples may not have had much idea of what was going on but Jesus was their guide to the place of glory, just as my SATNAV was my guide through the fog. Boscastle may have been broken and bleeding, but the village that had seemed destroyed has been renewed, stronger and better than before. Similarly as Jesus hung broken and bleeding, dying upon the cross, all seemed lost and destroyed. But he was resurrected to new life, overcoming death, greater and more glorious than before. In the same way we can share that resurrection glory with him if we put our trust and our faith in him to be the way to our salvation.

Every Blessing to you and your families this Easter.


And I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20